A couple of years ago I started purchasing fabric for a Georgian/Colonial American dress. Then while at Walmart (I know, but they have very inexpensive mirrors in the fall) I saw this quilt in the store. I picked up a King size and put it away to be sewn another day. I thought it would be perfect for the flora and fauna challenge. I love the colors and it seemed an easy project.
After doing some internet research, I found that most quilted petticoats are between 90″ and 100″ if worn without supports and can get up to 120″ if worn over hoops. Since most of my opportunities to wear costumes are in the Bay Area (a 45 minute drive at a minimum), I decided to make a 100″ petticoat so that I could wear it under several eras worth of skirts and STILL fit in a car.
I made it in the 18th century skirt method where you build from the hem up and have two halves that tie around your waist. This allowed me to keep the scallops as the skirt hem. Taking my handy waist to floor measurement chart, I measured the quilt 45 inches up from the scallops to mark my cutting line. Then was the more trying/time consuming part – although not NEARLY as time consuming as quilting it myself. I took out the batting where I would be putting the seam (one – Center Back) and the waist tape (two inches all the way around) I took out stitches and batting in sections and ended up varying the depth so that around the waist I didn’t pull out partial designs.
I apologize, but I don’t have a corset for this era yet.
|With bustle/bum pad|
|Without bustle/bum pad|
The Challenge: Flora & Fauna
Fabric: Quilted bedspread
Year: 18th century
Notions:thread, patience and 1″ twill tape
How historically accurate is it? Its a modern quilt with a machined quilting design, but its 95% natural fibers and hand stitched.
Hours to complete:4 hours or so. Most of which was pulling out batting around the seams.
First worn: For photo
Total cost: $20-$40